Elphie passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at the Hillsboro Medical Center Nursing Home at the age of 93.

Elphie Langen was born on December 9, 1916 in Kennedy, MN, the daughter of Joe and Selma (Almquist) Langen. She grew up in this area and attended school.  Elphie was baptized and confirmed at the Red River Lutheran Church in Kennedy and graduated from Kennedy High School. She later attended college at Union Commercial College in Grand Forks, ND.  On August 30, 1941, Elphie was united in marriage to George Sorlie in Grand Forks.  She worked for 5 years at Dryburg Investment Company in Grand Forks while George practiced law. They first moved to Buxton, ND and later to Hillsboro in 1953. Together they practiced law for many years in Hillsboro.  George died on August 5, 1985.

Elphie enjoyed visiting with so many of her good friends, crocheting colorful afghans for those whom she loved and sharing fun and good times with everyone. She was one of a kind and anyone who knew her, could never forget her.

Elphie is survived by her daughter, Karen Sorlie Russo of Beersheba, Israel; her granddaughter, Jacquelyn "JJ" (Titus) Goodling of Rocklin, CA; and grandson Peter (Taly) Russo of Austin, TX; one great granddaughter, Alia Goodling; and another great granddaughter due to arrive in October.  Also surviving are her sister, Amy Knudsvig of Grand Forks; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Eunice Ydstie of Hillsboro.

Elphie was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Odin and Percy Langen.

We are grateful to the many nurses, doctors and care givers for their superior supportive care over the years. The staff at Hillsboro Medical Center always made us feel like one big family. Thank you.We will miss her smiles, laughter and love.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Hillsboro Medical Center.

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